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MKE Brewing Company

Hop Happy IPA

ABV – 7.7%

IBU – 51

I picked up a bottle of Hop Happy IPA by MKE Brewing Company at Badger Spirits in Beloit WI as part of a “Pick Your Own Six Pack” one off. I was pleasantly surprised. I cracked open the bottle and took a tentative sniff. I was greeted by a floral, grassy hop aroma that seemed to carry just a hint of citrus.

I poured it slowly into my favorite tulip glass and and the aroma that had peeked out from the bottle was far more intense in the glass.

Hop Happy IPA looks like honey in your glass. It has a white foamy head that hangs around for a few minutes before vanishing completely.

I was a little bit bewildered when my first sip of Hop Happy IPA was sweet, but then the hops swept in and completely took over. The hops seem to have far more of a citrus to them at this point…ever so slightly grapefruit. Really quite delicious.

A nice bitter aftertaste lingers at the back of your throat…begging you to take another sip.

I tend to lean toward IPA’s and Stouts, so I may be a bit biased…on these two styles.

I thoroughly enjoyed Hop Happy IPA. Its definitely one I plan to tell my dad and all my friends about. It might be a bit on the boozy side at 7.7%…not something you could drink all night long, but it would be a great beer to take one or two pints of just to get the night started off right.

Have you had this before? What did you think? This is quite a tasty beer in my opinion. I’d definitely buy this one again…probably a six pack or two of it next though.

Great beer.

Hey…I just want to mention that I tried Dark Horse’s “Smells Like a Safety Meeting” IPA a couple days ago…the day before the 4th of July I think.

Anyway, I don’t have all the specs right now…and I’d like to pick up a couple bottles to give it a fair review…but I really enjoyed it the other day at Oasis Micro Pub…really good stuff.

I’ve sort of taken up collecting and cellaring some of the darker beers.  I’ve been picking up Imperial Stouts and Baltic Porters here and there and storing them in my nice cool, dark basement.  The intention is to let ’em hangout for a couple years before opening any of them…

 

I’ve been logging everything that goes down into storage…including date acquired and the year it was bottled.  

 

Its fun building the collection and I’m really looking forward to drinking these once they’ve matured a bit.

 

Anybody have any ideas on Stouts, Porters, or even any Belgian stuff that might age well?  

 

Thanks Everybody

My wife thinks I have way to many glasses with various brewery logos on them…I’m a sucker for cool glassware.  I guess that’s how I found my way to the mug below.  I’m always looking for new breweries…cool logos…new beer…all of the above…and this one caught my eye…

 

 

 

You can find out more about these guys on Facebook too at http://www.facebook.com/highlowbrewingcompany

In case…

 

In case your wondering who this idiot is, that is bashing your favorite beers…that’s me on the left there…what a schmuck, right.

That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout

Pearl Street Brewery

La Crosse, WI

http://www.pearlstreetbrewerycom

ABV -6%

IBU – Unavailable

 Hey there…I’m back for more beer related shenanigans. Today we’re going to have a look into the pitch black depths of Pearl Street Brewery’s “That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout” Rolled Oat Stout.

 TWITB appears pitch black in my pint glass. Seriously, it looks like someone poured a glassful of the thickest, blackest molasses they could find. There’s a slight tan head, but that disappears pretty quickly leaving just a bit of foam at the top.

 The aroma is pretty amazing. All the roasted malt punches you right in the nose. Seems like a bit of chocolate comes through as well.

 TWITB is thick and rich. It’s chocolatey with the slightest hint of coffee. Just as the malt flavors are fading away, a pleasant bitterness sneaks in the back way to take its place.

 That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout is a delicious, full-bodied ale. You really have to pay attention to uncover everything this beer has to offer.  I know several people who enjoy a good stout…and I would recommend this to any one of them with out a second thought. TWITB is a really tasty beer. Ya know what might be good…and maybe not…but this is me being childish yet again…a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream dropped into a room temperature glass of Pearl Street’s Rolled Oat Stout. Yeah…you heard me…a That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Rolled Oat Stout Float…

 Don’t just sit there…run out and grab some now.

By the way…if any of you are tired of reading about Wisconsin and midwestern micro’s, send me something else. If you have a great microbrew in your town and you want people to know about it…send me one…I’ll happily taste and review anything you send my way. Drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I’ll set you up with some mailing info.

Cheers…

Josh Frank

I totally need to talk my wife into letting me build a kegerator.  The problem is that right now…I don’t drink much.  I only consume about a beer a day and we don’t entertain much, so other than that a kegerator would be cool…I just can’t justify it to my lovely wife.

This is where you all come in…

Any ideas on how I can convince my wife to let me build a kegerator?  How long does a typical keg stay good?  If I only have a beer a day, is there going to be a bunch of beer going to waste?  or will it stay good until I get to it?

Anyone know of an inexpensive kegerator in the midwest that might need a new home?

 

Drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

cheers…

 

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

PS

 

More reviews and recipes to come…seriously…I promise

Hey there…here is the plan.  This weekend, I’m going to be brewing an IPA…

It’s going to be a single step infusion mash which for the most part is a fairly simple way to handle the mash process.

For a 5 Gallon batch you’ll want to add 6 to 6 and 1/2 gallons of water to the mash.  The target temperature for your water should be 150 degrees F for a duration of 60 minutes.

Any questions?

Ok…on to the next bit.  After the mash is complete, put all your liquor into your pot and move back to the stove…boiling time for this recipe will be a total of 90 minutes.

The ingredients.

Grains

12 lbs of 2-row pale malt

2 lbs Rye malt

2 lbs Caramel malt

Hops

1 oz Admiral (added at start of boil)

1 oz Brewer’s Gold (added 30 minutes into boil)

2 oz Magnum (added 15 minutes before end of boil)

 

Yeast

Wyeast 1332 (Northwest Ale Yeast)

 

Following the boil, move the wort to your primary fermenter and allow the liquid to cool.  Once cooled, pitch your yeast.

The primary fermentation should be about 7 to 10 days.

This IPA should run right around 8.5 ABV with an IBU of 139 if all goes well.

 

Predicted Original Gravity is 1.078

Predicted Terminal Gravity is 1.013

 

To some extent, I sort of assumed that if you found your way to the recipes section, maybe you’ve done a bit of brewing, but if not drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I can fill you in on some of the basics of the brewing process.

 

Cheers…and happy brewing.

 

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

 

Creativity…

There’s a lot of brewers and breweries out there coming up with some cool and creative logo’s and designs.  Really cool stuff.  Check out the T-shirt below for Naked City…I dig the logo.

Very cool shirt.

Sorry to keep throwing shirts and things up here.  I’m always impressed by creativity…and am always eager to lend support to the brewing community whenever I can.

There are more beer reviews coming though…so don’t go thinking that all you’re going to see here is t-shirts from now on.   I’ve got several reviews in the works as well as a couple of Homebrew recipes that I’ve been meaning to post for you.